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Old Aug 28th, 2007, 11:14 AM   #1
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Truscott Acquitted, But Not Exonerated

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has acquitted Steven Truscott of murder in the death of Lynne Harper, saying the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, but the five-judge panel did not proclaim him innocent.
In a ruling Tuesday, the judges unanimously decided to*quash the murder conviction, stemming from the rape and strangulation of*the 12-year-old girl near a town in southwestern*Ontario 48 years ago.
"The court unanimously holds that the conviction of Mr. Truscott was a miscarriage of justice and must be quashed. The court further holds that the appropriate remedy in this case is to enter an acquittal.
"The court thus orders that Mr. Truscott should stand acquitted of the murder of Lynne Harper," the court*ruled.
Truscott*was sentenced to hang in 1959 at the age of 14 for*Harper's murder*in Clinton, Ont., becoming Canada's youngest death-row inmate after one of the*most famous trials in Canadian history.

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The Ontario Court of Appeal has acquitted Steven Truscott of murder in the death of Lynne Harper, saying the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, but the five-judge panel did not proclaim him innocent.
In a ruling Tuesday, the judges unanimously decided to*quash the murder conviction, stemming from the rape and strangulation of*the 12-year-old girl near a town in southwestern*Ontario 48 years ago.
"The court unanimously holds that the conviction of Mr. Truscott was a miscarriage of justice and must be quashed. The court further holds that the appropriate remedy in this case is to enter an acquittal.
"The court thus orders that Mr. Truscott should stand acquitted of the murder of Lynne Harper," the court*ruled.
Truscott*was sentenced to hang in 1959 at the age of 14 for*Harper's murder*in Clinton, Ont., becoming Canada's youngest death-row inmate after one of the*most famous trials in Canadian history.

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another good reason to not have the death penalty
dead men don't file appeals
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Old Aug 28th, 2007, 05:50 PM   #3
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has acquitted Steven Truscott of murder in the death of Lynne Harper, saying the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, but the five-judge panel did not proclaim him innocent.

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Unfortunately, that may be the best he can hope for, considering the amount of time that's gone by.
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Unfortunately, that may be the best he can hope for, considering the amount of time that's gone by.
Agreed. If I met him I would consider him innocent.
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Agreed. If I met him I would consider him innocent.
That's odd. I've never met him and always considered him innocent. What difference does meeting him make?
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That's odd. I've never met him and always considered him innocent. What difference does meeting him make?
It doesn't. You know what I mean SINC.
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It doesn't. You know what I mean SINC.
Sorry, no, I don't know what you mean.

"If" I met him?

Had you said, "I've never met him but" I would understand, but "if" I met him. I have no idea what you are insinuating. It says to me that only if you met him would he be innocent.
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another good reason to not have the death penalty
dead men don't file appeals
Or elected judges - part of the reason he was "convicted" was mob mentality justice.
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Or elected judges - part of the reason he was "convicted" was mob mentality justice.
another case of a poor person without good legal representation being practically rail roaded into a conviction

yeah, elected judges, just like the elected, then AB minister, Stockwell "Doris" Day was found guilty in a civil lawsuit (in which Doris opened his big yap and said something he shouldn't have) and the taxpayers of AB footed the bill, and yet nobody (cons nor ABers) complains and Doris didn't pay back the money


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The Ontario Court of Appeal has acquitted Steven Truscott of murder in the death of Lynne Harper, saying the conviction was a miscarriage of justice, but the five-judge panel did not proclaim him innocent.
on CTV news, Lloyd Robertson reported that the judges said finding Truscott innocent wasn't part of their mandate and that only a new trial by jury could do so.
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Declaring Truscott "innocent" would have gone far beyond the scope of the process which resulted in today's decision.

He wasn't being tried again. His conviction was overturned as he was acquitted. Acquittals on appeal never declare innocence, since they do not involve re-trying the charges.

That said, with the conviction negated, Truscott is as "innocent" of the sexual assault and murder as anyone else is (except the actual perpetrator). And since he won't have to endure another trial, the only issue now might be that he has to endure references to this lack of declared innocence. Of course he's innocent.
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